Riot Games announced the details of MSI 2023 and Worlds 2023, international tournaments in the League of Legends esports world, at the Season Kickoff event.
MSI is coming to London for 2023. Although it has been leaked before, Riot Games has not made an official statement on the subject. But Riot Games made the expected announcement with a video at the start of the Season Kickoff Event. It’s official now: MSI 2023 will be played in London.
The format change for MSI 2023 and beyond has been expected by fans for a long time. With the new season, Riot went to the expected format change in its international tournaments. Again, with the video at the beginning of the Season Start Event, they gave information about both the teams’ participation rights and the functioning of the tournament.
Unlike previous MSI’s, MSI 2023 will feature 13 teams instead of 11. Getting rid of the point group system completely, MSI also came to the Play-in system. The regions CBLOL (Brazil), LLA (Latin America), VCS (Vietnam), PCS (Southeast Asia and Oceania), and LJL (Japan) will send their champions to the Play-in. On the other hand LPL (China), LCK (Korea), LEC (EMEA) and LCS (North America) regions will send their champions to the Playoffs but their second seed will be in Play-in’s. The region last season’s Worlds champion belong will send their team to the Playoffs, instead of the Play-in.
In the system, which abolished the point group system, 8 participants will be divided into two groups of 4 teams. With the matches to be determined with randomised, these 4 teams will be divided among themselves in pairs and will face each other in the Best of 5 system. In the match where the winners will reach the group final, the losers will continue on their way in Loser’s Bracket. The group final winners will advance to the Playoff stage, while the losers will relegate to the Loser’s Bracket group final. The winners of the Loser’s Bracket groups finals will face off against the other of the Loser’s Bracket group final winner in the Loser’s Bracket final to qualify for the Playoffs. As a result, three teams, two group winners and one Loser’s Bracket final winner, will be eligible to advance from the Play-in stage to the Playoff stage.
The Playoff Stage has got rid of the group stage and Knock-out Stage. Participating teams will find themselves in a Double Elimination system that will be played directly in the Best of 5 format. The winners of the Loser’s Bracket and Winner’s Bracket finals will meet in the grand final. With the match that will take place on the streets of London, the winner of MSI 2023 will be determined.